If you’ve been reading my site for a while, you probably know I work from home. My entire business is online, and I run it from the comfort of what was once my adult son’s bedroom but is now my office. I get to look out the window at the little lake (or large pond) next to my house.
I often work in pajamas and can get up to grab a meal or coffee without getting in the car. I can take a walk in the middle of the day, or go to a school event for my daughter. There are weights and a rebounder in my office, so I take breaks to exercise whenever I want.
Beyond the freedom of working from home, my job as a coach, blogger, teacher, and author is extremely rewarding and satisfying. I absolutely love making a difference in people’s lives and helping them find the answers and solutions they seek. I’m still amazed that I can impact someone who lives on the other side of the world from me.
My business partner, Ron, is also my life partner, and we have the unique pleasure of working side-by-side in our online venture. Our interests and skills perfectly compliment one another’s, and working together has only magnified my joy in being an entrepreneur.
I just described a pretty fantastic set-up, and it IS fantastic the vast majority of the time. But like everyone, I have times when I feel completely overwhelmed and frustrated with my work. It happened just last week.
On the positive side, our business is growing. On the negative side, our business is growing. We have so many irons in the fire — from books I’m writing and publishing, to my various online courses, to working on a podcast, developing a niche site, and updating and redesigning my current sites. As you grow in this online entrepreneurial world, more opportunities come your way, and more decisions and choices must be made.
Ron was reviewing a potential idea with me last week when suddenly my head starting spinning and smoke was billowing out of my ears. I had no idea what our priorities should be. I had no sense of direction. I didn’t know what to work on first. And for a while I felt totally deflated. Why aren’t we as successful as that other guy? Why aren’t we sure what course to work on next? How can I do all of these things well when there’s so much to be done? Should we hire someone to help us?
Feeling overwhelmed and confused takes the wind out of your sail. Even when everything really is just fine, it feels daunting and miserable. I had lost my compass in the whirlwind of options and actions I needed to take. So I took a few deep breaths and stepped away to take a shower — which is a great place to figure things out. While I was there, I asked myself, “What would make me feel less overwhelmed? What do I really want?” I came up with a few answers which I’ll share with you.